Monitoring Systems for Dams and Civil Engineering Projects

Large civil engineering projects: dams, tunnels, excavations, in Italy and worldwide

Monitoring systems for dams and large scale civil engineering projects in general have always been the areas of greatest interest to the Pizzi Instruments team. We were established over 35 years ago, continuing the activity of an important Italian company specialised in instruments for monitoring dams: Officine Galileo of Florence.

We have provided instruments and solutions for monitoring more than 300 dams in Italy and worldwide.

Amongst our works, we boast the provision of the monitoring system of the world’s highest dam: Gibe III in Ethiopia. Our instruments have been used for the structural monitoring of tunnel entrances, excavation areas, and tunnels and buildings surrounding excavation areas.

Thanks to our specific experience in this field, our instruments have been requested to monitor the New Foster Station in Florence and the excavation site of the underground crossing of Florence (High Velocity Project). Thanks to our solutions, all important parameters are monitored in real time, with accuracy and precision and all tests required by Italian and international technical regulations are executed.

Bilancino Dam – Florence (Italy)

From 1987 to today, the Pizzi Franco company has periodically signed a series of contracts with Publiacqua SpA both for scheduled maintenance and for the new supply of monitoring and control instruments installed at the Bilancino Dam.

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Concepción Dam – Honduras

In 1991 the Pizzi company made a first supply and installation of monitoring instrumentation. In 2009 Pizzi Instruments received the second order for the updating and implementation of the monitoring system installed in the dam.

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Water Authority of Sardinia Dams

From 1997 to today, the Pizzi Franco company has periodically signed a series of contracts with the Ente Acque della Sardegna both for scheduled maintenance and for the new supply of monitoring and control instrumentation installed at the dams managed by the Directorate of the Dams Service of the Authority. .

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Djerdap I Kladovo Dam – Serbia

In 2001, under the patronage of the “European Energy Program for Serbia”, the Pizzi company signed a contract with the European Agency for Reconstruction of Belgrade for the supply and installation of monitoring instruments for the Djerdap dam.

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Rama Dam – Bosnia and Herzegovina

In 2007, the Pizzi company received an important order from the dam managing body, JP Elektroprivreda of Mostar, for the supply and installation of instrumentation that allowed the automation and implementation of the monitoring system installed there.

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HPP Bumbuna Sierra Leone

Pizzi Instruments carried out an initial supply of monitoring instrumentation during the construction phases of the project and, subsequently, during the management and maintenance phases of the plant.

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Automatic reservoir monitoring system

Pizzi Instruments S.r.l. received and executed the first order in partnership with DDWay Srl, as General Contractor towards the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport – Dams General Management, concerning the design, supply and installation of automatic monitoring systems and hydrological emergency control .

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Gibe III Dam – Ethiopia

Gilgel Gibe III is a dam, currently nearing completion, about 243m high in RCC (Roller Compacted Concrete). Once completed, the dam will be connected to a hydroelectric power plant on the Omo River and will represent the largest hydroelectric power plant in Africa.

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Quaira della Miniera DAM (Bolzano – Italy)

In 2015 Pizzi Instruments receives from SE Hydropower of Bolzano the first contract for the supply of n. 3 laser telependulums – model LAC3000. In 2016, the customer, fully satisfied with the delivery, proceeded with the order of three additional laser telependulums – model LAC3000.

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Koysha Dam (Ethiopia)

The project has been commissioned by the Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) and foresees the construction of a RCC dam, 170 m high, with a reservoir volume of 6000 million cubic meters. The hydroelectric plant will yearly produce 6,460 GWh.

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Emarat Dam – Iran

On June 2017 Pizzi Instruments started a fruitful collaboration with the Iranian Engineering Company ARIA FARNAD for the supply of monitoring instrumentation for the Emarat Dam in the Iranian Region of Ardabil.

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Disueri Dam – Caltanissetta (Italy)

Lake Disueri is an artificial lake located in the municipality of Gela, in the province of Caltanissetta. The lake is located 150 meters above sea level, is 3 km long and 1 km wide at its widest point. Its maximum depth at full reservoir is 34 m, with a volume of water of 14 million cubic meters.

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Furore Dam – Agrigento (Italy)

The Furore dam on the Grancifone stream or Burraito river is an artificial basin, located in the territory of Naro, in the province of Agrigento, built between 1980 and 1992 and intended for the collection of water from the Burraito river.

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